Bulls junior point guard Anthony Crater who injured his right shoulder in the USF's game against Cincinnati in the BIG EAST tournament on March 9th will be out six months the school announced Tuesday.
Crater injured his shoulder while attempting a steal just before halftime, and did not return will undergo surgery this Friday to repair his right shoulder cartilage and small bone fracture. Crater is expected to miss the off-season and is scheduled to return by mid-October.
The Bulls guard led the No. 15-seed Bulls to an upset of No. 10-seed Villanova in the first game of the tournament. In the final 23 seconds Crater stole an inbounds pass and hit two layups, the last with 5.9 seconds left to give USF the 70-69 victory and also had seven assists in the game. The Bulls came back from a 16-point halftime deficit to win, the largest halftime deficit overcome in BIG EAST Tournament history.
The USF junior finished the regular season ranked fourth in the BIG EAST in assists (5.06 apg) and fifth in assist to turnover ratio (2.17) in league games only. Overall, Crater averaged 4.6 assists, 3.9 points and 2.3 rebounds in 30 games for the Bulls.